Went again this year
. Saw and loved: Kanye West
(nice string section, lots of energy, Lupe Fiasco not boring, total star power, a cappella verses from next album--Graduation
, duh--even more braggadocious than the stuff we know and good for him), Blue Scholars
(Seattle hip-hop duo, local champs, total pros, hope the next album jump-starts 'em nationally).
Saw and liked: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
(mostly background as I was socializing w/long-untalked-to friends and enjoying strawberry shortcake and corn on the cob), Lady Sovereign
(presence aplenty, but we were exhausted and left after five very good songs).
Um, saw: Jamie Lidell. Anyone enraptured by his sequined jacket, monkey leaps, and oh-so-cute accent who later went on to make fun of R. Kelly
deserves all the names I called them on the lawn.